Name: Namlha Tsering
Date of Self-immolation: 17 February 2013, 5:40 pm (local time)
Location: Labrang, Amdo
Current whereabouts/wellbeing: Deceased
Slogans: Not reported
On 17 February 2013, 49-year-old Namlha Tsering — also known as Hoba — set himself on fire in the main street of Labrang, Gansu (the Tibetan area of Amdo). Images received from Tibet depict a man sitting cross-legged in the middle of the street as towering flames rage while vehicles cars pass by. Chinese police and paramilitary personnel immediately arrived at the scene, doused the flames and bundled his charred body away.
A resident of Gengya Township, sources cite that Namlha Tsering — although alive at the time of his removal — was “severely burned”. Security forces stated that he had died. Later photos show Chinese security personnel surrounding the area where his body had lain, ashes clearly visible on the ground.